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bruce salatino of rochester, new york, will be affected by the cuts. a single father of two, his unemployment check will be slashed by $144 a month. >> $144 a month is one week of groceries for myself and my two daughters that i live with. so, yeah, it's a significant cut. i'm very concerned. >> reporter: bruce is not alone. everybody who has been collecting unemployment for more than 26 weeks could get 9% less, affecting about 3.8 million people this year. the white house has issued warnings over the past two weeks, that have sounded down right dire. >> federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. >> we are going to be a nation that is less safe. >> it's going to be very painful for the flying public. >> reporter: today the president took a step back from the sky is falling warnings. >> we will get through this. this is not going to be a apocalypse, as some people have said.
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it's just dumb and it's going to hurt. >> reporter: for most of the country, the impact won't be felt until april. that's when air traffic controllers will have to take one day off every two weeks. when civilian employees of the pentagon will be forced to take off one unpaid day every week. the navy legendary blue angels will be grounded, cancelling 28 upcoming air shows. during the campaign, the president flatly declared the cuts would never take place. >> it will not happen. >> reporter: but today he said there was really nothing he could do to stop them. >> i am not a dictator. i'm the president. somehow, even though most people agree i'm being reasonable, that most people agree i'm presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don't take it, means that i should somehow do a jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what's right.
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>> reporter: in case you thought congress couldn't get any less productive, the cuts will force the closures of some entrances at the capitol building, making it harder for some members of congress to get to work. but as for next steps, there are no next steps. no meetings planned at the white house and no clear path forward. >> and midnight is coming. our thanks to you, jonathan karl. we turn from the stand-off in the nation's capitol to a ray of light in a big american city, chicago. we have told you about the epidemic of gun violence there, families under siege. but today a headline -- the violence ebbing. the number of homicides in february, the lowest since 1957. half as many as february last year. so what is working? abc's alex perez tells us. >> reporter: after months of carnage, a break in the killings. >> that's progress. it's not victory in any way, shape or form, but it's certainly not failure. >> reporter: chicago for many
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has become an urban war zone, more than 500 murders in 2012, the murders here got worldwide attention when hadiyah pendleton was gunned down just a week after performing with her high school band at president obama's inaugural festivities. the first lady attended her funeral and the president visited the city to address the violence. >> there's never in the city's history, been a homicide that was talked about by the president of the united states. >> reporter: criminal experts say it's too early to call this decline in crime a trend. but they are already looking at what may be helping. like the police department's aggressive approach to get guns off the street. also, the 200 officers that were recently shifted from desk duty to the city's violent hot spots. as we saw at this special abc news summit last fall, the cries for help are coming from every direction. >> you think i want to stand on the corner and sell drugs to other black folks? help us.
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help us try to be better. >> reporter: community activist father michael flager has spent decades fighting violence and started a basketball tournament to help foes become friends. no shootings in his neighborhood since the league started six months ago. >> reporter: when people see this, what do you want people to think? >> i want them to think that we did it in february. we lowered numbers. what are we going to do with march, april, may, june? >> reporter: for now, february, a sliver of hope for a city that refuses to give up. alex perez, abc news, chicago. and now, we have more on that strange improvised visit to north korea by basketball wildman dennis rodman. sitting with the mysterious young leader. rodman, now the only american who can bring first-hand reports of the secretive dictator. so what does the us state department do? here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: with trumpets blaring -- dennis rodman was bigger news in north korea than
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its recent nuclear test. kim jong-un and his wife gushed and watched the basketball match with rodman. it wasn't just basketball. there was a tour of a dolphin aquarium, ice rink, and last night, a private dinner with kim that apparently involved more than eating. a producer from rodman's sponsor vice magazine tweeting, so kim jong-un just got the vice crew wasted. no, really, that happened. >> i love it. he's awesome. >> reporter: awesome? kim parties while his citizens starve and he's repeatedly threatened the united states with destruction. and has the material for enough nuclear bombs to make good on that threat. and dennis rodman is our only direct contact? >> is rodman the man who knows more about kim jong-un than any american? >> he is that man. there's nobody at the cia who could tell you more about kim jong un personally than dennis
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rodman. that in itself is scary. >> reporter: but the state has no plans to reach out to the bad boy of basketball, stating -- with a straight face today -- >> he's never been a player in diplomacy. >> he's had dinner with one of the most threatening men in the whole world and they don't even want to talk to him. that's ridiculous. >> the state department did say that while there are no plans to reach out to rodman, if he wanted to call them maybe, they wouldn't refuse the call. so perhaps we'll see rodman and secretary of state john kerry at a basketball game together in the near future. >> curiouser. thanks so much, martha. now we head to south africa and a new twist in the case of oscar pistorius, facing murder charges in the death of his girlfriend. tonight we are learning about another chapter in his past, another allegation. abc's amy robach tells us this news about the olympic star. >> reporter: today in south africa, oscar pistorius's lawyers are trying to reach a settlement with another woman who accused him of assault in 2009 and called the police.
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pistorius sued her because he said it ruined his reputation and caused him to lose endorsement deals. even though no assault charges were ever filed. until two weeks ago, it seemed oscar pistorius could do no wrong. >> because it's such a compelling, heart-warming story of a young man putting those carbon fiber blades on. there were millions of people with disabilities around the world who are like, i'm going to cheer for him. you know, i could be him. >> reporter: an icon on a pedestal, at least on the track. >> we don't know oscar pistorius. what we're finding out is surprising. behind an inspirational athlete lurks a different figure. he's living a fast life, fast cars, dirt bikes, pet tigers and a passion for weapons. >> one of the things he would do, i'm amped, let's go to the shooting range. i thought it was bizarre then and in the light of day, even more bizarre now. >> reporter: modern south africa
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is no post apartheid utopia, it's a very dangerous place. >> every single house, barbed wire. fences. whatever kind of security they can create. >> reporter: last year after a series of jealous texts over an 18-year-old girlfriend, police say pistorius told another man he would break his legs. >> i was amazed. i was taken aback. i didn't think oscar had it in him to make those kinds of threats. to be that -- to threaten that level of violence. >> and amy robach is here now. tonight on "20/20," you're going to study the crime scene. >> that's right. we built a set and to scale that shows oscar pistorius's bathroom and bedroom. we're exploring two versions of what happened that night -- oscar's version and the prosecution's version. we'll talk about the little details, like why two cellphones found in the bathroom? and which side of the bed he slept on that night could make or break the case. it's the small details that will prove to be vital in the outcome of this case. >> i know you'll be taking us through tonight, a full hour of
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reporting from amy on "20/20," the fast times of oscar pistorius at 10:00 p.m. eastern. thank you. still ahead on "world news," a man swallowed up by a sink hole underneath his bedroom. tonight how to find out if you're living above a sink hole too. next. the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy. we've shared what we've learned, so we can all produce energy more safely. bp's also committed to america. we support nearly two-hundred-fifty thousand jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger.
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a report out of florida is a reminder to millions of americans there's a strange and dangerous vulnerability under ground, sink holes. a man was in his bedroom, the earth opened up beneath the house and he fell in. matt gutman shows us the science of what happened in florida and how to know what's under your house. >> reporter: horror struck the house on faith way drive just before midnight. >> the house fell through. >> reporter: these tapes reveal the terror. jtsdsr. >> the bedroom floor just collapsed and my brother-in-law is in there. he's under the house. a sink hole some 30 feet across and 100 feet deep opened up directly beneath jeff bush's bedroom. his brother tried desperately to save him. >> i jumped in the hole, tried to dig him out. i couldn't find him. i started digging and digging. the cops showed up and told me, the floor is still falling in.
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>> reporter: jeremy was rescued by police, but his brother is believed dead. the house condemned. the bush family said they had no idea they lived under a geological time bomb. this part of florida is known as sink hole alley. florida is riddled with them. look at these, all reported sink holes in florida since 1954. more than 3,000 since the '80s. seven other states are classified as sink hole prone, covering up to 40% of the country. sink holes form when limestone is eaten away by water, but the land above it stays in tact until it gives way. >> it burns through the rock. we're talking hundreds of thousands of years. >> reporter: the result, sink holes like this growing to the size of a football field in the single day in 1981. this texas-sized sink hole in houston, devouring a tractor. >> reporter: are there ways to detect whether you have a sink hole? >> very expensive and difficult to do. and it might only be good for as
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long as the test is done. >> reporter: experts say it's rare to be hurt by a sink hole, but there are things to do to protect your family and house. look at the walls, are they cracking? are the doors harder to open and close? fences and vegetation, if those things have moved, you might want to get your house looked at. >> matt, thank you. next we turn to the instant index. some things new at the zoo tonight. wait until you hear what sparked a little romance in the panda cage. [ male announcer ] you've reached the age where you don't back down from a challenge. this is the age of knowing how to make things happen. so, why let erectile dysfunction get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra. 20 million men already have. ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain; it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure.
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finally tonight, you're going to be hearing a lot in coming days about our person of the week sheryl sandberg, the coo of facebook. she's announcing a kind of movement to power more women to the top. here's a stark fact. tonight women earn almost 60% of all college degrees. but they hold only 14% of the top jobs in america's big companies. so sandberg has written a book called "lean in." when i talked to her last may, she said we have to teach our daughters to believe they are going to run the company, if we want the workplace to change for all women and their families. >> sheryl sandberg says she wants to see young women
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celebrate ambition and never tell themselves they have to give up money or their passion because they want a family. she even heard her own daughter say she couldn't be president and why? >> because i want to be a mommy. >> my daughter wrote a song with all the presidents in it. her first question was, mommy, why are they all boys? and i thought, good question. what happened is that men believe they can do both. have careers and families. women think there's going to be pressure and have to choose. they start thinking i'm not going to be able to do all this because i want to have i child one day. do not lean back. lean in. put your foot on the gas pedal and keep it there until the day you have to make a decision and then make a decision. >> and that decision, she says, could be changing the workplace. she hopes the younger generation remember what these opportunities would have meant to their grandmothers. >> my grandmother was an incredible woman. in her generation, you didn't work outside the home. but she had breast cancer and
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survived young. so she started selling watches to raise money for breast cancer research out of her car. and she did this and built into what was a business that anyone would be proud to have. i often think about what would have happened to my grandmother, what her career would have been like had she been born when i was born. >> she's written the book and she's creating forums to teach women confidence while sitting at a table of power. she remembers eight years ago after her first child, she'd sneak out of the office early to be home. >> i didn't lie about it, but i wasn't out there giving speeches either. i did a lot of things women do, kept my lights in my office on. >> no more. she said publicly she's going to leave. >> i started saying to people, i go home at 5:30 to have dinner with my kids and everyone knows that. then i'm available later at night. i started saying that not only for me, but to make it safe for everyone else who works there. >> could you do that because you
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were you? can all women go in and say, this is what they need for their lives? >> not every job is this flexible. even though technology is making more jobs more flexible. >> she acknowledges she's lucky she has real choices. but she argues that only when women stay and succeed in the workplace can they help make the workplace better for the women who do not. >> no one gets to the corner office by sitting on the side, not at the table. we've got to get women to sit at the table. [ applause ] >> she told a graduating class at barnard, this is the cross roads, believe you're the one who will recreate the world. >> i hope that you -- yes, you -- each and every one of you have the ambition to run the world. because this world needs you to run it. women all around the world are counting on you. i'm counting on you. [ applause ]
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>> and so we choose sheryl sandberg. and by the way, she says they have encouraging signs all over the facebook office and her favorite is, what would you do if you were not afraid? thanks so much for watching. we're always working for you at "nightline" will be here later at 12:35 a.m. eastern and david muir will be sitting here this weekend. we hope you have a great one. goodnight. owe. tonight a local official admits to gambling away tax dollars. >> one of the bay area's best
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college basketball programs slapped with sanction autos police return to the streets of santa cruz after the murder two of officers and now, there is a woman investigators are trying to find. >> looking into how effective a pregnancy test can be if it only costs $1. >> good evening, everyone, i'm carolyn johnson. >> there has been a change of venue for police officer memorial service that will happen in santa cruz. city officers are now are pat trailering their streets once again. they have been on two days of mourning after the killings. the two were doned -- gunned down during an investigation tuesday afternoon. investigators are now looking for this woman. teresa johnson may be able to tell them more about the killing. we're live with more on this tonight. keira? >> as you mentioned just
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within minutes they announced the memorial this thursday has been moved from here in santa cruz to hp pavilion. a larger venue for a large crowd expected. police are now looking for johnson, they say she's not inswrofld the murder buzz do believe she was an acquaintance of the gunman, jeremy goulet. she has lived in homeless camps and may go by the nickname of lamb. it was a painful day for officers returning to patrol their are santa cruz streets. >> police officers returned to their streets this morning after days of mourning behind closed doors. for officer wes morey a simple call was a welcomed assignment. >> citizens have been so supportive. >> the city has been protected by sheriff deputies since
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tuesday night when the detective sargeant loweren butch baker and elizabeth butler were gunned down by jeremy goulet. he ambushed them. >> it has been a rough dupel days. >> the pain being felt on the other side of the mountains. police and firefighters collected money from local businesses for the families of the fallen officers. this group of dispatchers brought flowers to the memorial and paid a visit to santa cruz dispatchers. >> so we're left to them z bringing lunch to them. and some dessert z just hopefully, to let them know how much we love them z just want to show support. >> the grief transcends law enforcement communities hitting hearts of residents in this town. >> we're just grieving for the families that are
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